What’s on Your Bucket List?
You have a bucket list, right? If you’re not clear on what a bucket list is, per Merriam’s dictionary, a bucket list is “a list of things that one has not done before but wants to do before dying.” You may be thinking to yourself, “Of course I have an idea of some things I’d […]
You Can Help Prevent Osteoporosis with These Tips
Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones. When the body loses too much bone or makes too little bone–or both–bones become weak and fragile. Osteoporotic bones are lacking in density or mass and they contain abnormal tissue structures. In serious cases, a sneeze or a minor fall can result in broken bones. You can help […]
Avoid These Top Contributors to Aging
Aging is inevitable but you don’t have to succumb to stereotypes or go down without a fight. Maintaining a youthful appearance is important for many people as they age, as is reducing the risk of diseases common among older folks. Here are five potent contributors to aging that you should avoid at all costs in […]
Nutrients Every Woman Needs and the Superfoods that Provide Them
A balanced diet is essential for good health regardless of the parts in your pants. But women have some special nutritional needs that can help us keep our energy levels up, prevent devastating diseases, and promote healthy, beautiful skin. Here are the most essential nutrients you need for the best possible health, along with the […]
Does Being Thin Mean You’re Healthy? Not Necessarily!
About a third of all Americans are overweight, and another third are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Being overweight is a major risk factor for diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, heart disease, and some cancers. It’s also a factor for sleep apnea, which occurs when you stop breathing for a period of […]
Make No Bones About It!
Years of shopping for “diet food” got me in the habit of buying lean chicken breast (the “good chicken”) instead of “fatty” dark meat (the “bad chicken”). Then laziness set in and I began buying only lean chicken breast that was also skinless AND boneless. It was more expensive but my conscience was eased since […]
HBO Challenges “The Weight of the Nation”
You’ve certainly heard it before: obesity rates in America are reaching epidemic levels. Obesity is regarded by many as America’s biggest health risk and to bring attention to just how dangerous the disease has become, HBO launched a four part mini-series entitled The Weight of the Nation which ran in 2012. This documentary explored the […]
I Have a Vision!
New Year’s Day has come and gone. Most people have formulated a mental list of resolutions to implement in the next 366 days (that’s right, we get a little extra time this year!) Some people have even gone so far as to write their resolutions or goals down. I suggest that you take it one […]
‘Tis the Season…for a Holiday Party Eating Strategy!
How many holiday parties do you have penciled in on your calendar? If you’re like most people, you probably have quite a few but, before the season gets in full swing, let’s take a few minutes to come up with a game plan. Phase 2, VLCD For those of you in the low calorie phase […]
5 Things to Improve Your Memory
Did you ever wish you could install a few more gigabytes of RAM (Random-Access-Memory) into your brain or have I been watching too many science fiction flicks? It’s just so frustrating when you can’t remember if you unplugged the coffee pot, where you parked the car or what the name of the new girl at […]
How Do You Like Them Apples?
How Do You Like Them Apples? There are only 4 fruits listed as allowable on the Pounds and Inches Away Plan – an apple, an orange, ½ grapefruit or a handful of strawberries. Since fall, apple season, is upon us, let’s talk about apples. I’ve heard a bit of complaining over the years from dieters […]
Drink More, Lose More
Everyone knows that drinking water is essential for good health, but for those attempting to lose weight, it is even more important. People don’t realize that one of the main functions of fat is to dilute impurities that we’ve digested. By drinking water, more impurities are flushed from the body, decreasing the need for fat […]
The Fat-free Illusion
We’ve all known people who vow to lose weight, followed by trips to the grocery store where their carts are promptly filled with “fat-free” items. Future sightings of these same people often reveal disappointing results regarding weight loss. Unfortunately, a fat-free diet doesn’t produce a fat-free body! Take a look at the nutrition facts of […]
7 Reasons You Need at Least 8 Hugs a Day
While my 11-year-old son might not admit to it, most people appreciate a hug from a family member or friend and the warm and fuzzy feelings that come along with it. But hugs are more than just nice gestures, they are absolutely necessary to bond with other human beings and boost our emotional and physical […]
6 Ways to Increase New Year’s Resolution Success
A New Year’s resolution , per Cambridge Dictionary, is “a promise that you make to yourself to start doing something good or stop doing something bad on the first day of the year.” An interesting, and somewhat discouraging, statistic: 88% of Americans, who make New Year’s resolutions, FAIL according to researcher Richard Wiseman. Does that […]
Christmas Gift Ideas That Will Make Them Truly Happy
We know money can’t buy happiness, but every Christmas we try by purchasing the latest fashion, phones and televisions for our loved ones. Sure, they’re happy for a little while but its human nature and, soon enough, their enthusiasm wanes. A few months into the New Year, that new phone isn’t the “latest and greatest” […]
A Key to Happiness – Expressing Gratitude
There have been studies conducted on the subject of “what it takes to live a happy life.” When researchers refer to happiness, they are not talking about occasional bursts of warm and fuzzy feelings; they’re referring to a state of well-being, contentment and joy. According to Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., author of The How of Happiness, […]
10 Ways to ‘Scare Away’ Sugar Cravings
Halloween is almost here–time to ward off ghosts, goblins and … sugar cravings! Have you noticed that consuming a sugary snack leaves you craving more sugary snacks? Eating simple carbs without accompanying proteins and fats may provide you with a quick boost of energy, but just as quickly, you’ll find yourself “starving” again and craving […]
Be More Powerful in Just 2 Minutes!
Ms. Amy Cuddy, Harvard social psychologist, is an expert on non-verbal behavior and in a recent study found that “power posing” for just 2 minutes can help a person to be more powerful — assertive, confident and optimistic. Even when a person doesn’t feel confident, assuming a position of confidence can affect testosterone and cortisol […]